A fairytale ending in Cheshire: £1.2m Old School House looks good enough to eat

Straight out of a children's book of stories, this house epitomises the dream of a glorious Victorian country mansion.

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At first glance, this house looks like it might be made of gingerbread and that you could snap off pieces of its ornate exterior and eat them.

However, although it looks like a scene from Hansel And Gretel, this Gothic masterpiece inspired the imaginations of generations of real-life children when it was a school.

Built in 1872, the former Crewe Estate Primary School ticks all the boxes for those seeking an idyllic Victorian country mansion.

Its octagonal school clock tower has been retained, while there are Gothic highlights everywhere, including the windows, carved wooden fascia boards and blue brick patterns.

Inside, the reception hall is flanked by a study fitted with a pitch-pine bookcase and a snug with a wood-burning stove.

The former assembly hall in the grade II-listed Old School House in the village of Tarporley, Cheshire, now forms a 38ft living room, with raised steps to a dining area, both fitted with gorgeous parquet flooring.

A mahogany staircase leads to a vaulted, galleried landing that could be used as a study, dressing area or reading room - or all three - while the glorious master bedroom has a bath in a niche, and a second bedroom has a shower room.

Another staircase at the back of the house leads to the two other bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room, the other with its own loo.

The garden is in keeping with the fairytale theme, with a beautiful box parterre featuring a pool and a fountain straight out of Alice's Adventures In Wonderland. There's a stone paved terrace for al fresco dining, and a kitchen garden behind tall hedges, while the entire garden sits behind a low-level brick wall.

At the rear of the house are further enclosed lawned gardens, bordered with mature shrubs and floral beds of foxgloves, rhododendrons, camellias and roses. 

The grounds are also home to several brick outbuildings, including a utility room and garden store, while a former air raid shelter could easily be converted into an office or garden room, should the 3,200 sq ft main house prove not to have enough space.

There is planning permission for an orangery, the demolition and rebuilding of the air-raid shelter, and a glazed link to the house. 

A courtyard at the rear has planning permission for a triple garage, while the garden of almost an acre could be supplemented by negotiation with an adjacent four-acre paddock.

Daily commuting to London would be a chore, but trains to Euston take just 90 minutes from Crewe station, which is 11 miles away.

The Old School House is for sale through Fisher German for £1.2million

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